The father, Paul Hennessy (John Ritter, Three's Company), is a sportswriter who is prompted by his wife Cate's (Katey Sagal, Married...
with Children, Futurama) return to nursing to take a more active role in raising their two teenage daughters, Bridget (Kaley Cuoco), and Kerry (Amy Davidson), and their son Rory (Martin Spanjers).
The first four post-Ritter episodes were shot without a live audience.
8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter (also known as 8 Simple Rules for the third and final season) is an American sitcom, originally starring John Ritter and Katey Sagal.
Other executives found the idea horribly distasteful, and it was ultimately rejected.
Instead, subsequent episodes dealt with the family's reaction to his death and their moving on.
After the novelty of newly added ensemble characters wore off, the series returned to its original format.
The first three episodes of the show's second season had been completed when Ritter reportedly suffered an undiagnosed aortic dissection.
The show, created by veteran comedy writer Tracy Gamble, derives its name and some of its elements from 's book "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" (ISBN 0-7611-2314-8). # Bring her home late, there's no next date.# Only delivery men honk. The three new episodes that Ritter completed were aired with Katey Sagal introducing them.The rules are:# Use your hands on my daughter and you'll lose them after.# You make her cry, I make you cry. The show returned on , proposed resuming the series by revealing that Ritter's character had impregnated his wife, thereby creating a buzz about the show for the upcoming sweeps week. The third season took a creative turn, revolving more around Jim and C. than the Hennessy family, more specifically not revolving around the raising of the Hennessy girls.Bruce Cameron, this sitcom revolves around the Hennessys, a typical middle class family living in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan.Sportswriter and father Paul Hennessy (John Ritter) feels guilty about missing out on his children’s’ early years.8 Simple Rules (Also known as 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter) was an American television sitcom that originally aired on ABC from September 17, 2002 to April 15, 2005. Bruce Cameron's book of the same name, the show is known as the series John Ritter was starring in when he died.